Blog: Penner’s Pen


Penner’s Pen

Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist who will be blogging about government, budgets, politics, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over twelve years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens, the Metropolitan New York area and various magazines around the nation.


Padavan and Saffran – perfect together?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 6/03/2013 at 12:54PM

The endorsement of GOP NYC Council candidate Dennis Saffran to run for the seat currently held by GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran by former Republican State Senator Frank Padavan may be Saffran’s political kiss of death.  Consider recent political history. The indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone are [...]

Scott Stringer’s ‘Triboro X’ line – promises made, promises not kept?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/27/2013 at 10:50AM

Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Democratic Party primary NYC Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer one year ago called for construction of a new “Triboro X” subway line.  This would connect Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  It made a great sound bite at the time and got Stringer some free publicity.  But you have to ask one [...]

If you build it, they may come
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/20/2013 at 11:05AM

There are two sides to every story concerning the topping of 1 World Trade Center with the final section of its spire. There will be celebrations when the 1 WTC is completed in 18 months and ready for occupancy. At present, only 55 percent of available space has been leased to date. Last year U.S. [...]

Speaker Quinn’s transportation plans
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/12/2013 at 4:32PM

NYC Council Speaker and 2013 Democratic Primary Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn may not need the assistance of Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to regain control of municipal public transportation currently run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The answer may be found filed away in the [...]

New York Press Association newspaper awards
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/06/2013 at 8:51AM

There is still more to the recent New York Press Association newspaper awards. In New York City, most major daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local neighborhoods in the five boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Weekly newspapers based in Queens such as our own Queens Courier and Courier [...]

Air traffic controller furloughs
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/26/2013 at 11:44AM

It is not the fault of air traffic controllers along with millions of hard working career federal civil servants including thousands based in the Metropolitan New York area face furloughs.  As part of last year’s budget negotiations, the threat of sequestering or an automatic 8% cut was supposed to bring all parties to the table. There would be [...]

Pataki & Catsimatidis – perfect together?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/23/2013 at 10:36AM

The recent endorsement by former Republican Gov. George Pataki of 2013 GOP Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis is meaningless. It may motivate intelligent Republican Party primary voters to look elsewhere. Pataki’s lavish spending of taxpayer dollars to special interest groups would have made the late liberal GOP Gov. Rockefeller roll over in his grave! His record [...]

Queens Republicans – Rest in peace (RIP)
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/15/2013 at 2:18PM

With the recent potential indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone, NYC Councilmember Eric Ulrich may be the last Republican Party elected official still standing in November assuming he can survive the General Election. One way of judging the health of any political party is looking at the [...]

The race for Queens Borough President
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/09/2013 at 5:32PM

You need a score card to keep track of all the Democrats running to replace Queens Borough President Helen Marshall when she retires at the end of 2013 due to term limits.  Rosedale resident Everly Brown is a developer for the 501 Manhattan Corporation has joined this ever growing list which also includes State Senators [...]

The race for NYC Pubilc Advocate
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/02/2013 at 11:38AM

While everyone is focused on NYC Mayor Bloomberg s successor, little attention has been paid to who will succeed NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.  To date, Noah Gotbaum (son of former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and well known municipal labor union leader Victor Gotbaum); Cathy Guerriero (teacher); Brooklyn NYC Councilmember Letitia James; Brooklyn/Manhattan State Senator Daniel Squadron and [...]